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A Quick Reference Guide for Start-up and Existing Small Businesses in Austin & San Antonio

•Personal Preparation

•Research and Focus

•Business Structure


•Business Plan

•Federal/State/Local Contracting Opportunities

•Marketing Strategies

•Funding Opportunities

•Additional Resources

June 2018

Before committing to starting a business, review your credit history, cash flow, collateral, and character references as well as your business manage- ment experience. The links below are guides to assist you in determining your ability to siness. The websites contain small business guides which are intended to serve as roadmaps for starting a business. They are both comprehensive and easy to use. They also contain numerous electronic links for additional information. These links contain business plan formats, financial plan formats and marketing plan formats. (Browse our library}

Check this website for information on how to conduct market analysis, with preparation of cash flow, breakeven, and collateral estimates. Online training is also available for conducting a marketing analysis, targeting markets, and protect- ing your business with patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Other useful sites include:

Local libraries also have a wealth of information:,

To do research on public library websites you will need a library card number to enter some of the research sections. 

Starting a Business inTexas

Starting a business in Texas requires you to begin with a business plan and then follow the four steps outlined in this comprehensive document:


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Search Questions related to Austin zoning and licensing call Danny Brewer at Small Business Program, 512.974.7772

For liability, assets, vehicles, business disruption information go to this

A list of franchise businesses is available at the following site: Consultants to give you free assistance in buying a franchise:

If you are interested in opening your own restaurant go to this

All businesses and nonprofits must file a listing of their personal property as of January 1st of each year. The form is due on or be fore the 15th. The form may be acquired from your county appraisal department or at:

Buyers/suppliers Doing business with Dell:

Online Score Counselors provide business advice to the military community: This SBA site provides resources to help veterans with business development.

The IRS website provides information on starting, operating or a business, what taxes each form of business is required to pay and how to pay them. It also provides information on how to apply for Form SS-4:

Census data on a variety of demographics:

This site talks about not only patents and trademarks, but also talks about copyrights For obtaining information about NAICS. Generates Profit and Loss statements for selected businesses’, based on sales:



A quick reference to assist Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)

Every sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or other organization going into business should call the office of the State Comptroller to deter- mine if a Sales Tax Permit is required for the product you sell, rent, lease or for the service you render. There is no fee for this permit. 



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All businesses must have a legal identity. Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership. This SBA website provides an overview of your options:

If you choose to register as a sole proprietor your business name must be on file with each county clerk’s office. Register at:

County Clerk websites surrounding Austin:

Travis: -

• Williamson:

• Hays:

• Burnet:

• Bell:


• Comal:

• Guadalupe:

/ Phone: 512-463-5555

/ Phone: 512-472-8303


Also, to apply for an EIN (Employment Identification Number) go to:


Payroll/Hiring Services: PayChex, Just works, Goodwill Staffing, TriNet


The Office of Women s Ownership and Entrepreneurial Development is a of Entrepreneurial Development s network of training and counseling services:



City of Austin Certification


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The Score website has templates for marketing plans and other useful tools. Click on Templates at.

Using Social Media for Marketing your Business. The most used:

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin

For beginners check out these sites

Using your Website for Marketing -

A free search tool engines for listing your website on Google, Bing and other locations


• Small Business Trends - Easy reliable make your own website

• We recommend for site or blog

Word Press and plug in Yoast to build your website

• Check out the rates for logo designs:

For ecommerce sites , use:

SCORE Austin – Templates